The die reminded me of a puppet show and I decided to make a Halloween puppet show. I built a little scene inside the shadow box, using the Retro Halloween stamp and die set. I really wanted to use these images, but they were too large, so I turned to one of my favourite solutions, shrink plastic. All the images were stamped on shrink plastic, punched to make holes, shrunk, coloured at the back with Distress Paint and coated with Glossy Accents. For a tutorial using shrink plastic in this way, check out this accordion card of mine.
This isn't a step-by-step tutorial, but I took a few photos before assembly, since it is hard to see the details in the photo of the finished project. The box was die cut from manila cardstock and inked on the inside with Pumice Stone. I stamped a spooky tree with Archival Jet Black ink, script with Pumice Stone and dots with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint. Always remember to clean your stamp immediately after using it with paint. The dots look a bit like stars. The outside of the box was inked orange and stamped with the same script stamp.
Apart from the shrink plastic pieces, I also die cut a fence, bats and an owl from black Core'dinations Color-Core cardstock. I really like the curtains that are part of the die and to make them I glued Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric to grungepaper and die cut the curtains from that. The banner is also part of the die and it was die cut from manila cardstock and inked orange.
The die both cuts and scores the paper and the box is easy to assemble. I made holes at the top and used fishing lines to hang the shrink plastic creatures. Each line was tied to a jump ring, as a little handle. The skeleton, bat and cat can be moved up and down. The owl and witch were glued to the back, otherwise there would have been too many moving parts.
There is also a skeleton on the floor. I like to add little details for the viewer to discover.
I stamped a title on the banner with alphabet stamps, a rub-on was added to the circle on the curtain and two bats were used to 'tie' the curtains. If you want to, you can use the die without the curtains too, but I thought they fit well with my puppet show theme. By using different images and colours, this project could work for many themes.
Thank you for looking!
Surfaces: Ranger: Manila Cardstock, Shrink Plastic; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grungepaper; Tim Holtz Core'dinations Color-Core cardstock | Stamps: Sizzix/Stampers Anonymous Retro Halloween; Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Psychedelic Grunge, Winter Sketchbook, Classics #9; Hero Arts Printer's Lowercase LL762 | Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Pumice Stone, Black Soot; Tsukineko Stazon Jet Black | Paint: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Brushed Pewter, Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade | Embellishments: Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements: Melange; Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Jump Rings, Mirrored Stars, Elements Remnants Rubs | Adhesive: Ranger: Wonder Tape, Glossy Accents